moo·​la | \ ˈmü-(ˌ)lä How to pronounce moola (audio) , -lə\
variants: or moolah

Definition of moola

: money

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Synonyms for moola


bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of moola in a Sentence

we dropped some serious moola on that home theater system

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The result is a lot of human misery and lost moola. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Thankfully, there are tax-free holidays happening across the country this month, meaning there's a lot of moola to be saved on all of those back-to-school necessities, like school supplies and clothes. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "What You Need to Know About This Month's Tax-Free Weekends," 11 Aug. 2017 Everyone agrees the bundles of moola are a lure for criminals, but merchants who can’t access traditional banking have no other way to settle up. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "California marijuana purveyors go mainstream, except for the sacks of cash," 28 Jan. 2018 Lots of hoopla, but, sadly, precious little moola in the offing. Logan Jenkins,, "Timing is everything: Bridge art hits a tipping point," 6 July 2017 Clean highs and punchy midrange provide plenty of realistic sound for relatively little moola. Charlie White, WIRED, "Samsung HT-TX75 5 Disc Home Theater Surround Sound System," 23 Oct. 2007

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First Known Use of moola

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moola

origin unknown

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